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A bustle in the cage-row: the making of Rat Park

This is a lengthy blog post about the behind-the-scene 'making of' Rat Park. Includes historical photographs of the actual Rat Park experiment from the 1970s, and interesting tidbits which I couldn't quite fit into my comic.

Dramatic low angle drawing of man standing under tall gum trees

Thin Air reflections: the ‘making of’

This is a reflective essay about my comic Thin Air, about the counter-intuitive fact that trees build themselves from carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. They are built from exactly the same stuff that breezes past their trunks! This essay describes my research process, including my view that van Helmont was actually a bad scientist.

Cartoon people posing for holiday photograph

Type III reflections: the ‘making of’

This is a reflective essay about my comic Type III. I describe the underlying concept of ecological succession, and reveal how I decided that Mount St. Helens should form the backdrop to my comic. I also mention real-life examples of Type III systems, such as the Kalundborg Eco-Industrial Park.

Human brain on table next to microscope illustration

Supernormal Stimuli reflections: the ‘making of’

This is a reflective essay about my comic Supernormal Stimuli. The comic is about the work of ethologist Niko Tinbergen, and was inspired by reading a book by psychologist Deirdre Barrett. I discuss where my dinosaur 'reptile brain' artwork concept came from.

Cartoon man walking through wheat field cartoon illustration

Purpose reflections: the ‘making of’

This is a reflective essay about my comic Purpose. The comic was hugely influenced by the book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. This essay shares the headspace I was in when writing Purpose.

St Matthew Island reindeer in foreground, with human visitors in the background

St Matthew Island reflections: the ‘making of’

This is a reflective essay about my comic St Matthew Island, which is one of the most popular items on this website. This essay describes my research process, including the real life story of St Matthew Island's reindeer.

Amusing Ourselves to Death title card image of comic

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Released to the web in 2009, my comic Amusing Ourselves to Death was the most popular thing on my website, and a mini internet phenomenon. So how come I decided to remove this comic from my website?

Supernormal stimuli two creatures looking at each other with transparent heads, with brains showing through.

Supernormal Stimuli thoughts

Why are we drawn to excessively sweet and fatty foods? Why do we find it hard to pull our eyes away from the flicker of TV sets in waiting rooms and caf├ęs? Why are we compelled to check and re-check our inboxes and Facebook pages throughout the day? These questions are answered in my new comic Supernormal Stimuli.

Cartoon view of logged forest next to intact forest, with cockatoo bird watching

Part of Nature

Discusses the motivations behind recombinantrecords.net environmental cartoon Part of Nature.